October 3, 2008
Temperature soared high during the India’s recent cricket tour of Australia but if we go by the words of dashing opening batsmen for Australia Mathew Hayden, the T20 cricket series organized by Indian Premier League( IPL) in India has almost nursed back the bitter wounds that created a lot of bitterness between the cricket teams of India and Australia.
Hayden is also of the opinion that such type of enmity hopefully will not come back to haunt the game of cricket.
The summer tour of Indian cricket team last year had nearly ripped apart the spirit of gentleman’s game because of the so-called racial discrimination incident that occurred between star Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh & Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
Hayden himself was involved in one-off incident and provided fuel to the fire by referring the Indian spinner as ‘obnoxious weed’. The hullabaloo that was generated in the series even forced International Cricket Council to intervene in the matter.
After an earthquake in cricket, IPL T20 cricket series gave the much needed relief by providing a platform to cricket players from different countries to share a common dressing room.
It did a great job in normalizing associations between not only two cricket playing nations but also among two people. At present, the Aussie opener is eagerly waiting to play the famed spin bowling of the Indian Cricket team.
However it has been rightly said that T20 form of cricket not only revolutionized the way cricket is played but has also bridged the cracks that shook the foundations of the cricketing world.
October 1, 2008
The man who took out his cricket shirt on the world famous cricket ground, the lords after winning the series against England, has got a breather from the BCCI selectors.
Dada , who is undisputedly regarded as one of the best one day batsman by several cricket magazine is now facing problem to make into the team. But today it was a great relief for one of the legend in India cricket.
I personally consider him the father of aggressive cricket in India, he pioneered how to play aggressive cricket he has given so much to Indian cricket. And when there is time to repay him we are betraying him.
I think he is victim of strong politics in BCCI and his proximity to former BCCI chief Jagmohan dalmiya other wise no one can question his ability as a player for both one day international and test cricket.
Saurav inclusion in the team was in danger right from the last test cricket series against Sri Lanka and it was confirmed by not giving him place in Irani Trophy. But our dada has never say die attitude which brings him back to the team despite of much effort by the selectors of BCCI to keep away from team.
Keep rocking dada. Not only Bengal but entire India is with you!